Cordilla road

Submitted: Monday, May 21, 2012 at 07:21
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Has anyone taken the Cordillo road from Innaminka to Birdsville lately? if so is there any good camps and what condition is it in? We have an 80 series towing an Ultimate.
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Reply By: whisky_mac - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 11:33

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 11:33
I will be watching for replies as I will be up that way in mid June.

Jim
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Follow Up By: Shaz n Steve - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:38

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:38
Jim
When and where are you travelling from?
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Follow Up By: whisky_mac - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 09:29

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 09:29
Leaving about 15th from Wodonga, up through Hay, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Broken Hill and on.

Jim
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Follow Up By: Shaz n Steve - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 06:58

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 06:58
Jim
My email is shaznsteve@gmail.com drop us a line when you get close to camerons corner and we might be able to hook up and travell together for a while if you wish.
Steve and Shaz
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Reply By: Member - Stevo_62 - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 13:34

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 13:34
Went from Birdsville to Cadelga ruins about 3 weeks ago , was heading to Innamincka but turned back after two punctures due to very rocky surface . Tyres were in good condition and speed under 60 km/h but still managed to get two punctures . Road on QLD side of border was in good condition .
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 17:23

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 17:23
Crumbs.

Can I ask what tyres you were running and whether you dropped the pressure?

I'm planning to head up that way next month.
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Follow Up By: stockade1 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 05:43

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 05:43
Cooper AT3's (my last set of Coopers ! ), about 36-38 psi . I have done a lot of km's on similar roads before without punctures using the 40/80 rule ( less than 40 psi and less than 80km/h) but this set of Coopers seem to be prone to punctures . Had 2 more since Cadelga trip on good gravel roads
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Stevo 62
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 07:33

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 07:33
The guys running the repair shops out that way would probably recommend running 26-28psi on those type of roads. Not meaning to criticize just passing on what has been told to me by several different sources. Tyres are too expensive that's for sure. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:06

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:06
I will second that Mike. No flats at all this time last year doing up to 80K. Not towing. Just the 4WD at 23psi all round. Coopers stt.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 14:08

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 14:08
The causeway out of Innamincka is closed so no access north. Was closed the last time I looked 2 weeks ago too.

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 14:29

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 14:29
The causeway was still closed last Wednesday, according to the locals it will most likely be closed for a couple of more months.

These shots are from the Bourke and Wills bridge on the Nappa Merrie road, taken on Wednesday morning last week.
Cooper Creek is still well and truly full and flowing.






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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 17:25

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 17:25
Yoiks!

Great pics though. Thanks for posting.
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Follow Up By: whisky_mac - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 09:42

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 09:42
So Geoff, what your saying is you can still go north by running eastish up Nappa Merrie road to the Birdsville Development road and then west into Birdsville. Is that right. From what your saying the Cordillo road will be closed for a bit longer and I believe Walkers Crossing maybe closed too.

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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:04

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:04
Jim

Walkers Crossing is closed. I can get you the full quote if you want from the "horses mouth". Pretty much local oil and contractor trucks and landowners. Don't hold your breath on it opening to the general public.

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:24

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:24
Hello Jim,
You've got it in one.

Eastish on Nappa Merrie and then the Birdsville Development Road will see you right.

Basically any Cooper crossing in that area that isn't a bridge is currently underwater.

Drive carefully, there's a heck of a lot of commercial traffic in that area these days. Santos is looking for shale gas in the area. There are siesmic crews, rig crews and support crews everywhere.

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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 23:32

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 23:32
I drove Innamincka to Birdsville via Arrabury Rd, Cordillo Downs, Caldega, to Birdsville on May 9th. (as noted by others, the causeway is closed, making this an effective alternative route)

No issues but from the Qld border to Caldega it is slow & stony. Had a 3/4 loaded new Mazda dual cab at 28psi & up to 70kph - conditions would not allow more speed. I see no issues with your rig - my mate was towing a 2 tonne off road trailer & he also had no worries.

Dig Tree is a reasonable camp site if you take your own firewood in. Otherwise not many locations are camping.

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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 23:35

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 23:35
Ooops.....meant to finish off with:

suitable for camping
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Follow Up By: Shaz n Steve - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 06:55

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 06:55
Thanks everyone for all your info I think I may have to make a few calls as it gets closer to find the best way to go but this has been a great help thanks.
Steve and Shaz
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 20:07

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 20:07
Drove the Cordillo road about a week and a half ago - the Cooper was barreling at the dig tree but no sign of it south on the Birdsville Track, however locals told us it takes about 5 days to get down there ... probably beat it thru by a couple of days.

Cordillo road was OK - we went thru with a Subaru Outback in our group - just had to take it easy .... not much camping before Cordillo Stn ... a nice one about 20 ks past there on a creek, otherwise Cadelga ruins has some sites.
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